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Savoury cheesecakes perfect appetizers for wedding celebrations

05/11/2012 11:19 EDT | Updated 07/11/2012 05:12 EDT
With wedding season on the horizon, these savoury cheesecakes would be stylish hors d'oeuvres to serve at gatherings surrounding the celebrations.

Top with your favourite ingredients to provide guests with a variety of tastes and colours. Some suggestions are given below.

Savoury Cheesecakes

Crust

250 ml (1 cup) graham cracker crumbs

50 ml (1/4 cup) butter, melted

5 ml (1 tsp) each sugar and freshly ground pepper

Filling

1 1/4 pkgs (250-g/8-oz size) cream cheese, room temperature (312 g/10 oz total)

30 ml (2 tbsp) sugar

1 whole egg

1 egg yolk

20 ml (4 tsp) sour cream

2 ml (1/2 tsp) lemon juice

2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt

2 ml (1/2 tsp) freshly ground pepper

175 ml (3/4 cup) walnuts, finely chopped

50 ml (1/4 cup) finely chopped chives

Heat oven to 150 C (300 F). Line a 23-cm (9-inch) pan with foil, letting it hang over the edge for easy removal of cheesecake.

Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and pepper. Press into pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

Filling: Using a food processor, blend cream cheese, sugar, whole egg, egg yolk, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Process until all ingredients are fully incorporated and batter is free of lumps, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a medium mixing bowl and stir in walnuts and chives.

Pour into pan and spread evenly over crust. Bake for 20 minutes or until centre is firm. Do not over-bake. Let cool completely in pan, cover and place in refrigerator overnight.

Remove cheesecake from pan. With a warm, dry knife, trim off edges. Cut remaining cheesecake into 2.5-cm (1-inch) or 4-cm (1 1/2-inch) squares, wiping the knife after each cut. Top as desired and serve.

Makes 15 to 20 servings.

Nutrition information per 2.5-cm (1-inch) serving: 137 calories; 3 g protein; 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat); 6 g carbohydrate; 1 g fibre; 43 mg cholesterol; 166 mg sodium.

Topping suggestions: Smoked salmon with a sprig of fresh dill; pear with caramelized onions; caviar and sour cream; prosciutto-wrapped fig; black olive tapenade.

Source: California Walnuts, walnutinfo.com.

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